Revista de Economía del Caribe, No 16

Tamaño de la letra:  Pequeña  Mediana  Grande

Voting for the environment: the importance of democracy and education in Latin America

Danny Garcia Callejas


This study found that doubling the level of democracy in Latin America reduces CO2 emissions per capita by up to 6%. This relationship is estimated by using a fixed effects panel system of equations for 19 Latin American countries, between 1995 and 2008. Democracy acts as a conduit for increasing demands on environmental quality in Latin America, due to increases in urban population and prosperity. Nevertheless, this study has, at least, two caveats: first it cannot unveil the long run relationship between democracy and environmental quality in Latin America; and, secondly, this study assumes that democracy entails positives outcomes for countries adopting this political system.

Palabras Clave / Keywords

Democracy, Environmental Quality, CO2 Emissions per Capita, Latin America, Panel System of Equations.

Tipo de Artículo

Artículo de investigación científica y tecnológica

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